Juan C. Gonzalez

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Laccases are copper-containing enzymes involved in the degradation of lignocellulosic materials and used in the treatment of phenol-containing wastewater. In this study we investigated the effect of culture conditions, i.e. submerged or semi-solid, and copper supplementation on laccase production by Trametespubescens grown on coffee husk, soybean pod husk,(More)
In this study, the biodegradation of a mixture of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) using the laccase produced by the white-rot fungus Trametes pubescens CBS 696.94 was evaluated. Two laccase isoenzymes with molecular weights of about 60 and 120 kDa were identified in the(More)
The prevalence of peri-implantitis and the absence of a standard approach for decontamination of the dental implant surface have led to searches for effective therapies. Since the source of diode lasers is portable, has reduced cost, and does not cause damage to the titanium surface of the implant, high-power diode lasers have been used for this purpose.(More)
Twelve adult human subjects were exposed to a sunk-cost procedure with two options: a mixed-ratio schedule of points later exchangeable for money, and an escape schedule that cancelled the current trial and initiated a new one. The mixed ratio included four values, arranged probabilistically in such a way that the expected ratios favored either persistence(More)
We describe a new species of forest frog (genus Platymantis) from Mt. Malinao, Bicol Peninsula, southern Luzon Island, The Philippines. The new species is distinguished from congeners by a moderate body size (28.3–39.1 mm for eight males; 49.8–52.7 in two females), slightly expanded terminal finger and toe disks, a distinct color pattern, a unique(More)
Living on the edge: Three-dimensional reconstructions from electron tomography data recorded from Au/Ce(0.50)Tb(0.12)Zr(0.38)O(2-x) catalysts show that gold nanoparticles (see picture; yellow) are preferentially located on stepped facets and nanocrystal boundaries. An epitaxial relationship between the metal and support plays a key role in the structural(More)
A detection of-rays from Mkn 421 at energies above 1 TeV is reported, based on observations made in December 1994-May 1995 with the rst two HEGRA Cherenkov telescopes. From the image analysis, 111 excess gamma candidates are obtained from the 26 h Telescope #1 (CT1) dataset (signiicance 4.0) and 218 from the 41 h Telescope #2 (CT2) dataset (signiicance 4.2)(More)
We present a study of the structural and quantum conductance properties of atomic-size copper nanowires generated by mechanical stretching. The atomistic evolution was derived from time-resolved electron microscopy observations and molecular dynamics simulations. We have analyzed the quantum transport behavior by means of conductance measurements and(More)
We propose a new unsupervised segmentation algorithm for high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images of nanocomposite materials. The proposed algorithm overcomes two major artefacts affecting these images, high level of noise and nonuniform illumination. The identification of the particles is based on the generation of a hierarchy of(More)